Narwhals upend Olean

OBSERVER Staff Report

OLEAN (Thursday) — The Dunkirk’s boys swimming team, which this year also features swimmers from Brocton, Cassadaga Valley, Fredonia and Westfield, defeated Olean for the first time in over a decade Thursday.

Highlights of the 87-73 win included wins by Fredonia’s Bill Osula in the 200 free (winning time of 1:59.82) and 100 backstroke (57.71), and Ronan Murphy in the 200 individual medley (2:39.37); Westfield’s Owen Bates in the 100 fly (1:12.19); and Cassadaga Valley’s Nick Wittmeyer in the 100 free (1:02.11), and Matt Brockelbank in the 100 breast (1:13.88).

Bates, Wittmeyer, Osula and Brockelbank joined forces to take the 400 free relay, as well. Their winning time was 4:05.55.

Dunkirk seventh grader Adam Fred had a strong showing in his first varsity meet, taking second place in the 100 backstroke, as well as taking third in the 50 free.

“This year ‘the Narwhals,’ the name the team adopted last season, is a blend of swimmers … Some of the guys knew each other from previous Varsity seasons, while others joined us from Hammerheads/USA Swimming,” coach Allie Saye said. “In the few short weeks we have practiced together, they have really bonded as a team, and it will be a lot of fun to watch them continue to grow together.

“We had a couple of guys out sick tonight, but everyone took to the change in lineup without a fuss, and Coach (Bob) Ball and I couldn’t be more pleased with the efforts of each one of them,” Saye added.

The Narwhals’ next meet is Tuesday at Panama.